When Patrick Mortiere moved to the Bay Area, he searched for housing based on proximity to BART—knowing that he would be relying on public transit to get to and from work. This was nothing new for Patrick, since he relied on buses while at college, and the Metro when living and working in his hometown of Washington, DC. Patrick prides himself on his relationship to public transportation when he travels, and has leveraged public transit and bikeshare programs in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, DC, Montreal, and London.
The very first day Patrick arrived in the Bay Area, he took BART to Oakland for a baseball game. Since then, he relies on BART to travel to and from Richmond where he then takes Amtrak to Sacramento for work. While he primarily travels by bike, if there’s a destination too far, he’ll bring his bike along for a ride on BART to make the trip.
Patrick holds a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University and a minor in Political Communications. He’s been in the nonprofit sector for half a decade, and currently serves as the director of an organization that advocates for evidence-based programs that keep kids in school and on the path toward graduation. He’s successfully pushed for bills that ban suspensions and expulsions for willful defiance, and state budget asks that increase funding for afterschool programs, preschool programs, and greater access to childcare.
Previously, Patrick worked as an editor and journalist with his university’s paper, covering local news and issues pertaining to politics, science, and drug policy reform. Patrick also interned as a journalist with The Hill newspaper where he interviewed political figures like Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Mark Warner, and celebrities such as Gary Sinise and Phylicia Rashad.
In his free time, Patrick enjoys biking, hiking, and photography. He’s an environmentalist and an ardent outdoorsman, and has visited nearly every park in San Francisco. Patrick is an SF Bicycle Coalition member and volunteers his time with them at Community Repair Nights. He’s also a proud participant of the Adopt a Drain Program through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
After spending three years growing out his hair, Patrick recently cut and donated his hair to a charity in Detroit that provides free wigs to children with hair loss.